AskDefine | Define tier

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1 a relative position or degree of value in a graded group; "lumber of the highest grade" [syn: grade, level]
2 any one of two or more competitors who tie one another
3 a worker who ties something [syn: tier up]
4 something that is used for tying; "the sail is fastened to the yard with tiers"
5 one of two or more layers one atop another; "tier upon tier of huge casks"; "a three-tier wedding cake"

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see Tier


Etymology 1

-er tie


  • (RP): tī'ə, /ˈtaɪ.ə/, /"taI.@/
  • (US): /ˈtaɪ.ɚ/, /"taI.@`/
    Homophones: tire, tyre


  1. defn English
  1. One who ties (knots, etc).
  2. Something that ties.

Etymology 2

Maybe from "tI@/
  • (US): tîr, /ˈtɪɚ/, /"tI@`/
    Homophones: tear (as in droplet from ones' eye)


  1. defn English
  2. A layer or rank, especially of seats or a wedding cake.


  1. To arrange in layers.
  2. To cascade in an overlapping sequence.

Extensive Definition

TIER may refer to:
Tier may refer to:
tier in German: Tier (Begriffsklärung)
tier in Korean: Tier

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